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Heliconius Linnaeus, 1758 . Systema Naturae (Edn 10) 1 : 465.    [BHLBHL]

Invalid Name

Homonyms: 3

Higher classification:

Hemming (1967) stated:-

There is no such name as Heliconius Linnaeus, although it has sometimes been claimed that there is, because, in common with certain other words, the word "Heliconius" was used by Linnaeus (and by some of his immediate successors in the Sub-Linnean age) as a term to denote certain groups of species within the genus Papilio Linnaeus. Any remaining doubts as to the status of these terms was dispelled by the Commission when in its Opinion 124 published in 1936 (Smithson. miscell. Coll. 73, No. 4 : 1-2 ; republished in facsimile in 1958, Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 1 (B) : 465-466) it ruled that the terms published in this way did not thereby acquire the status of subgeneric names.

The reputed generic name Heliconius Linnaeus, 1758, is thus a ghost-name possessing no existence in zoological nomenclature. In order finally to dispose of this cheironym, the Commission by its Opinion 383 (published in 1956) placed it on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Generic Names in Zoology as Name No. 382.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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